Orchesis Prepares for First Performance of Semester

Orchesis is just a few weeks away, and things are getting tight for the dancers that are involved this year.

For those of you who do not know what Orchesis is, it is a dance recital that involves Wilson’s students and even alumni. It is a variety of different dances such as, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, jazz and more. Wilson’s dancers perform solos, duets, trios, and much more.

Orchesis practice
Photo provided by Ash Henderson

Professor Mizanty, assistant professor of dance, stated, ” Orchesis is moving in exciting new directions. Our ensemble is growing with freshmen, guest artists and alumni returning to choreograph and perform. The ensemble has been working together on this show since late August, rehearsing multiple times per week. ”

Orchesis is a show that is put on to entertain students, faculty and staff. It is also good exposure for young dancers here at Wilson. They have the chance to demonstrate their talents to people while being themselves.

Sami Heckendorn ’20, who has been in Orchesis for about a year now said,” I’m excited about Orchesis. We have a wide variety of dances this year.”

When asked if she was nervous Heckendorn stated, “I don’t get nervous, cause I don’t really care what people think about the dance or my dancing.”

The students involved in Orchesis have been preparing for Orchesis since the beginning of the school year, meeting every Monday night from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and spending their own individual time working on their dances.

Shannon Mckenzie β€˜18, who has been a part of Orchesis for four years now, stated β€œIt’s my last year to dance with my friends I always love to perform. I will be in 5 pieces, two large jazz pieces, two duets, and the group Orchesis piece.”

Professor Mizanty stated “My favorite aspect of each semester is seeing everything come together and take shape, depending on how many solos, duets and group pieces have been created. There are going to be some surprises, I think. I am especially excited to showcase some new dancers, and appreciate the growth of returning dancers.”

Orchesis show dates are Fri. Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sat Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the dance studio. Admission is $3 for students and $10 for regular admission.

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